VIDEO: Kaka, Orlando City Look To Build On Momentum Wednesday Night In Montreal
By Orlando City Soccer // September 7, 2016
match will be locally televised on WRDQ TV27
ABOVE VIDEO: Highlights from Orlando City’s last victory, ten days ago at Camping World Stadium vs. New York FC.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (ORLANDO CITY) –Ten days after a 2-1 home win against New York City FC, Orlando City SC (6-7-13, 31 points) travels to Canada aiming to build on its positive momentum when it plays the Montreal Impact (9-7-10, 37 points) on Wednesday, Sept. 7.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at Stade Saputo.
The match will be locally televised on WRDQ TV 27 and transmitted on Real Radio 104.1 FM in English and on La Grande 1030 AM in Spanish.
“Obviously a very dangerous opponent. First and foremost [Didier] Drogba and [Ignacio] Piatti. Montreal is a very coordinated team and a team that has worked very hard to get to a successful place,” Lions Head Coach Jason Kreis said.
“We will approach it with the mindset that we are also in a pretty good moment. We’re putting together a number of good performances in a row and if we can turn those good performances into points, and maybe a win on the road it would be fantastic. I think we can do it.”
Orlando City earned three crucial points against 2015 expansion rival New York City FC in its previous game and will look to continue fighting for a playoff spot against Montreal.
The Lions are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 31 points, one point behind D.C. United with a game in hand for the sixth and final playoff spot. Montreal enters the match in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Kaká scored his first MLS brace to lead the Lions to a 2-1 win against second-place NYCFC on Aug. 28. The Brazilian opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, tapping in a ball inside the six-yard box after NYCFC goalkeeper Josh Saunders had saved Kaká’s initial shot. Steven Mendoza tied the game for NYCFC in the 55th minute.
Kaká earned a penalty kick and buried his shot from the spot in the 63rd minute in what would prove to be the game-winning goal.
The 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year now has six goals and a team-high eight assists this season. All-Star striker Cyle Larin leads the team with 13 goals and is tied for fifth in the MLS Golden Boot race. Joe Bendik made three saves against NYCFC, pushing his Eastern Conference-leading total to 97 on the season.
Montreal is coming of a 1-0 win away at Eastern Conference leader Toronto on Aug. 27. Montreal’s Ignacio Piatti scored the game’s only goal in the 73rd minute. Dominic Oduro provided the assist.
In the first meeting this season, Orlando City defeated Montreal 2-1 at Camping World Stadium on May 21 in front of over 34,000 fans. Piatti ripped a shot past Bendik in the fourth minute to grab the lead, however two goals from Cyle Larin in the 43rd and 87th minutes, both assisted by Kaká, earned a comeback victory for the Lions.
Piatti is fourth in MLS in goals with 14 and he has added five assists this season. Dominic Oduro leads Montreal in assists with six. Drogba also has eight goals and five assists. Goalkeeper Evan Bush has 73 saves and five clean sheets this season.
Orlando City heads to Carson, Calif., to take on the LA Galaxy on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. ET. The Lions return to Camping World Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 17, when they host Columbus Crew SC. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
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